I really only liked the transfirmer while they used it in the actual Firm Studio in SC. It does take up a lot of space, and the older Firm workouts don't require it. I am petite and have short legs, so I use a 12 inch instead of 14 inch step stool I got at Target and it works just fine. I also have a step I got at Sears that adjusts from 4 inches up to 10 inches quite easily. It is Nordictrack brand. I really would think you would want the transfirmer if you had those DVDs or tapes, and I mostly have the older vids, so I don't need the TF.
I have all 3. A regular step is good if you can find one that you can add risers to in order to reach 14 in. From what I've seen those cost more than buying a fanny lifter or transfirmer. Having a high step is a must if you really want to sculpt your legs and glutes.
Personally I'd buy one on ebay or craiglist like the last poster said.I got my transfirmer on ebay for like 35 bucks with extra dvds and fanny lifter for 25.
I bought the fanny lifter first. I like that it doesn't take up much space but I don't like how narrow it is when working out. I feel like the transfirmer is sturdier and I feel safer doing tall box climbs.
I LOVE MY TRANSFIRMER. I should have bought it first. I really like how the incline works diffrent muscles in your legs than other steps. It takes up a lot of storage room but you can reduce that some by putting the green one in the blue one. You can use the fanny lifter videos and old firms with the transfirmer.
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It's all about versatility.... I'm a HUGE fan of the transfirmer! I can't believe it's getting a bad rap!! I started out with the fanny lifter which was fine, but over time it became mis-shapen somehow. I then found my transfirmer on ebay for about $30 which included the transfirmer and the dvds (check out craigslist too!!). Anyway, I still use my fanny lifter videos (BSS2) with my transfirmer because I measured, and each piece is the same height! I also purchased several of the DVD's that use the firm box which you can use too. I love tons of variety so doing traditional step, incline step, aerobics, and circuit training is just awesome. And of course it can also be used with other step videos. You can only use the fanny lifter with fanny lifter videos - boo!! :-)
I have all of those plus a couple of other "steps"; I own too many pcs of equipment!!
I like them all for various reasons. I will say though that the Fanny Lifter is easier to move around and store. The Transfirmer Box makes doing "its" DVDs MUCH easier than a regular step. When you're working on an incline a regular step shifts around and you can actually hurt yourself. My step has slipped more than once and I've twisted my ankle and knee; even more dangerous when you're doing a higher impact verion. You can however buy slanted riser which would make that a safe option ($50 for 2). You can also use the transfirmer for the fanny lifter DVDs, it just takes up more room and a little more time to flip bwt to various heights bc of it's size.
I am of the camp that uses the designed equipment for each system. I use my Step Benches (3 different types) for each DVD that uses them. I use the Fanny Lifter only for BSS 1 & 2 and the Transfirmer for BSS 3& 4 workouts. I just find it works better for me personally and visually. This is also true for me as many of the DVDs for the fanny lifter will say "use your blue or use your purple segments and the transfirmer will say use or green/blue segments".
Fitness Minutes: (55,797) Posts: 19,157 1/26/10 12:03 P
If you're looking for DVD's totalfitness.com is a great site for bargains, also when I was purchasing Firm stuff I got a lot used on Amazon too. You may want to check Marshalls for the BSS1 set which includes the step. I saw it when I was there about a month ago.
I bought the transfirmer, but don't really recommend it. IT takes up a lot of room and the workouts I like best are the older ones that use the fanny lifter. I didn't have a fanny lifter but used a kitchen step stool. Just be sure it has good grips on the bottom.
Fitness Minutes: (6,101) Posts: 1,115 1/25/10 9:25 P
I already had a "regular" step before I started using Firm WOs. Its a great question. Can I add one on? I use the regular step for the lower heights but have been using a chair for a lot of the higher stuff that involves sitting. Has anybody found a good replacement for the 14 '' height? Anybody found an inexpensive place to buy the actual firm things?
Someone may have covered this question already but I can't seem to find an answer. Does anyone have a preference between the Fanny Lifter and the Transfirmer? Or should I just invest in a regular step product? I would like to do the DVD's from the transfirmer and the fanny lifter series but don't have any equipment. Suggestions?
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